Press Releases

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 8:48 AM

Governor-elect Tom Wolf named the Steering Committee for his transition team. The steering committee will work with already named leadership on efforts to review state agencies, commissions, departments and functions. "As we begin to understand the complexity of the fiscal crisis my administration will face, it is important that my Transition Team move forward," said Governor-elect Tom Wolf. "Today's announcement, which rounds out my steering committee, continues that momentum, and I look forward to working with these individuals to address the steep fiscal and economic challenges ahead."

http://wolftransitionpa.com/sections/blog/tom-wolf-transition-steering-committee

Source: November 18, 2014 by Wolf Transition.

 
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 8:24 AM

Pennsylvania is continuing its development of a series of online courses in iTunes U. Courses, aligned to the Pennsylvania standards, are designed as course resource collections and are available at no cost.

Pennsylvania educators are invited to join a Pennsylvania Learns iTunes U digital content team to assist in this work. The winter 2015 teams will convene to address the following subjects and grade levels:

*             English Language Arts - Grades K-5

*             Mathematics - Grades K-2; Algebra II and Geometry

*             Science - Grades 5-8

This round of course development will occur on January 21, 22 and 23, 2015, at PaTTAN Harrisburg, with two additional days scheduled for February 11 and 12, 2015. PDE will pay mileage and expenses, as appropriate, and reimburse districts up to $100/day for substitute coverage.

Go to http://www.pdesas.org/Main/News/589409 to access the application to participate in this event. Deadline to apply is December 16, 2014.

 
Monday, November 17, 2014 2:48 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and its statewide assessment vendor, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), will conduct training sessions on the administration of the 2014-15 Winter Keystone Exams. The training sessions will be presented live at the PaTTAN sites listed below at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and broadcasted via video-conference to the other two PaTTAN locations, along with additional intermediate unit sites that choose to participate.

Click here for more information.

 
Monday, November 17, 2014 2:05 PM

After more than a year of intensive advocacy by NASSP and its partners, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced its intention to permanently increase funding for the federal E-Rate program by more than 60 percent to $3.9 billion.

As you likely know, E-Rate is the primary source of federal funding for technology infrastructure to U.S. schools and libraries. When it was first created in 1997, the E-Rate program was funded at $2.25 billion, and received only a nominal inflationary increase starting in 2010. Total funding for the program in fiscal year 2013 was $2.43 billion.

Quite simply, the funding increase translates into broadband Internet access for many more students. Funding the E-Rate program at $3.9 billion provides necessary funding to cover telecommunications services and Internet access requests, and also ensures that at least 10 million of our neediest students—particularly in rural areas—will gain access to broadband in 2015.

NASSP applauds the FCC’s and Chairman Tom Wheeler’s effort to expand educational opportunities for our nation’s students.

Principals remind us regularly that they cannot prepare students for this century without tools of this century. Modernizing E-Rate will put those tools in more students’ hands, and it will help fulfill principals’ aspirations of more personalized, student-empowered learning.

Please read more about the FCC proposal on the Principal’s Policy Blog.

 
Monday, November 17, 2014 10:25 AM

In response to a request from several superintendents, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has initiated a plan with its Pennsylvania System of School Assessment vendor, Data Recognition Corporation, to provide districts the opportunity to receive electronic copies of their students’ writing responses from the 2014 Spring Pennsylvania System of School Assessment Writing assessment. The writing prompts from the “legacy” writing assessment will not be used in the new Pennsylvania System of School Assessment English Language Arts assessment. As such, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved the release of these items in response to district requests to use information from the legacy writing assessment to help gauge student writing skills and guide curriculum.

If your district is interested in receiving its students’ writing responses from the 2014 Spring Pennsylvania System of School Assessment Writing assessment, you will need to contact Data Recognition Corporation to make the necessary arrangements. Data Recognition Corporation will provide your student responses on a DVD format that will include the capability to utilize student-identifying data to search for specific results.  The cost to receive a DVD containing all of the 2014 Writing assessment responses for your district is $1,600. The cost of the Writing-response DVD must be paid directly to DRC (all invoicing and logistics will be handled by Data Recognition Corporation).

 
Monday, November 17, 2014 8:48 AM

Click on the link below for a PowerPoint presentation on Pennsylvania's Pension System History (by the Pennsylvania Department of Education): http://www.paprincipals.org/resource/images/stories/documents/legislative/pension_history_powerpoint.pdf

For more information, please visit PDE’s website at www.education.state.pa.us

 
Thursday, November 13, 2014 11:04 AM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and its statewide assessment vendor, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), will conduct training sessions on the administration of the 2014-15 Winter Keystone Exams. The training sessions will be presented live at the PaTTAN sites listed below at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and broadcasted via video-conference to the other two PaTTAN locations, along with additional intermediate unit sites that choose to participate.

LIVE LOCATION               DATE                 START TIMES                  VIDEOCONFERENCE SITES

PaTTAN Pittsburgh           Nov. 18, 2014     9 a.m. and 1 p.m.    PaTTAN Harrisburg, PaTTAN KOP, other IUs

PaTTAN Harrisburg (Hbg.) Nov. 20, 2014     9 a.m. and 1 p.m.    PaTTAN Pittsburgh, PaTTAN KOP, other IUs

PaTTAN King of Prussia    Nov. 21, 2014       9 a.m. and 1 p.m.      PaTTAN Pittsburgh, PaTTAN Hbg., other IUs
(KOP)

   The information being presented is critical to the administration of the winter Keystone Exams; therefore, it is required that every LEA participating in the 2014-15 Winter Keystone Exams send at least one representative to a training session. These are train-the-trainer sessions and are designed so that the representative who attends in-person can deliver the same information to his or her coordinators and administrators.

   To register for the live session and view a list of available locations that will be broadcasting the event, visit PaTTAN's website at http://www.pattan.net/category/Training/Calendar/2014/November.

 

 

 
Thursday, November 13, 2014 9:08 AM

Click here for the 2015-2016 Senate and House Leadership Election Results.

 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 2:33 PM

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is now fully populated with Eligible Content for English Language Arts and Mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and in Algebra I and Literature at the secondary level.

The academic review site is designed to promote awareness and understanding of our Eligible Content. The goal will be to inform and seek feedback from our educators, parents and other community members on the Eligible Content statements, their purpose and value. If after feedback is gathered and it is concluded that significant changes need to be made, PDE will engage in a revision process via public hearings.

Please encourage educators, parents, community members and other interested parties to visit http://paacademicreview.org and review the content. The feedback we receive will be invaluable as we evaluate and refine our career and postsecondary expectations for our students.

 

 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 11:13 AM

WITF launched its new Real Life | Real Issues Program this week. WITF's Real Life | Real Issues is a multimedia series devoted to providing several angles on a single issue of interest to Central PA. The goal is to provide in-depth coverage of the topic on all WITF media, including WITF 89.5 & 93.3, WITF TV, Central PA Magazine and witf.org. Real Life | Real Issues also engages listeners, viewers and readers on WITF's Facebook and Twitter accounts to discuss the issues with other members of the community.

real life real issues

WITF will explore the topic of school-aged students and dangerous drugs in-depth between November 2014 and June 2015. PA Principals Association is a prime sponsor of the drugs &  young people topic.

This comprehensive multimedia project called Real Life l Real Issues: Drugs and young people will consist of a combination of the following: broadcast features on both TV and radio, plus print, web and social media components, as well as a public forum and workshops for parents.

RLRI link

http://www.witf.org/real/

 

RLRI Tumblr blog

http://real-life-addiction-in-pa.tumblr.com/

 
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